Mother-in-laws Shepherd Pie

First let me say......I honestly do not like to cook everyday, but it has to be done.  There is an exception to this, I LOVE TO COOK for holiday dinners. Don't ask me why, I guess it is from all those years of being a military spouse. Where ever we were stationed DH would invite the guys that couldn't get home or had no where to go over. I would cook up a storm. I LOVED IT! 


Before my mother-in-law passed away in 2007; she would make her version of Shepherds Pie whenever we had the chance to visit.  What so ironic is none of my kids or DH liked it!! But they would eat it or they would starve!!

She gave me the recipe about a year before she passed. A few months after she passed I made it, the family loved it. Now they want me to make it once a week!! This will not be happening! The recipe isn't that different from hers I just add more spices and my secret mashed potato recipe!!!

This is made in a 9 x 13 pan and will feed an Army, ok, my family with no leftovers!!



  • *3 lbs of lean ground beef
  • *1 - 26oz can of condensed tomato soup
  • *2 - 28oz cans or 6 - 14.5oz cans of french style green beans (my MIL she used corn and/or cut green beans, my family prefers green beans)
  • *10 medium size potatoes, peeled, boiled and mashed (MIL used instant potatoes, I use my own secret recipe for the mashed potatoes)
  • *seasoning for ground beef: salt, pepper, dry minced onion, garlic powder
  • *Shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • *couple tablespoons of butter (optional if not using cheese)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Season ground beef , ( Sorry I don't measure this), brown and drain any remaining fat.
  3. Pour into baking dish
  4. Add the tomato soup next and combine with ground beef, spread evenly in baking dish
  5. Drain the liquid from green beans; pour green beans over mixture and spread evenly.
  6. Next make your mashed potatoes, layer on top of green beans, add a few dollops of butter to top, cover with tin foil
  7.  place in 350 degree oven for 30 to 45 min. *hint when it boils over in the is ready to serve.
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If you try it, hope you enjoy it!

☆☆UPDATE - I have started sprinkling shredded mild cheddar cheese on top and it is to die for!☆☆

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  1. Hi Tina,

    WE have something in common... I don't cook much either, at least not since the kids left home. I figured that after 30 years I was ready for retirement lol!

    I like how you added the "secret" ingredients to the mashed potatoes.

    Thanks for sharing this at the party this week.

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!

  2. I haven't made Shepherds pie in YEARS! Your recipe looks really good. Thanks for sharing. Hey, I am a military wife too...husband is retired from active duty now, however.
    Nice to meet you!

  3. I also hate to cook--but this looks easy. Like that it feeds a lot. When something says it will feed a family of four that means it will feed my husband. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I just love Shepherd's Pie. There was this Irish Pub restaurant across from where I used to work in Manhattan and they made the best Shepherd's Pie....I really miss it. I might have to give this recipe a try. Thanks so much for sharing it!
    Marianne :)

  5. I don't cook either, but this looks like something I can definitely make! Thanks for posting and I'll let you know when I give it a try! :)

  6. LOL I love your confession at the beginning. It's the prep and clean up that I hate. This looks good. I may have to try in on my guys.

  7. That looks very good! I like it in the large pan too! Thank you for joining the Home Sweet Home party!


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